Smartphone companies claim to make people’s lives easier, when in fact they’ve allowed society to become busier than ever before. Between social media presence, internet trolls, fake news, and cancel culture, it’s no wonder mental health is at the forefront of so many present-day conversations. Apple recently announced a possible feature in future devices that will utilize face ID technology to detect issues such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline. While it seems like Apple’s heart is in the right place, the execution sounds like it may have some problems. You know you’ve hit rock bottom when even your iPhone starts telling you that you’re depressed.
This kind of seems like a guilt-driven move from Apple. Maybe somewhere up the line, an executive with a dirty conscience thought of a feature for diagnosing physical and mental issues that the company’s products have been perpetuating for over a decade. At the same time, perhaps Big Pharma companies are in on the ploy and have paid off the tech giant to send people in search of meds to treat their newly discovered issues. That may sound like a big reach, but it’s not like stranger things haven’t happened.
In all seriousness, it is important that people struggling with their mental health consult professionals that can help them deal with the issues at hand. Our brains are one of our most valuable tools, and keeping them in working condition is essential for living a happy life. However, I don’t need my iPhone telling me I have anxiety when all that’s going to do is give me more anxiety.